Essex Junior Chess held its first of five annual training sessions on Sunday, September 25th. For £15 these promising young players received 6 hours of expert coaching from International Master Richard Pert, Tom Villiers (203 grade) and Robin Slade (189 was most recent grade). They also played two graded games with Findlay Lister winning both matches against the highest graded opponents.
Seven Essex juniors played at the Terafinal this year. This is the final round of the UK Chess Challenge and it is a great achievement to reach this stage having come through the school, Megafinal (county) and Gigafinal (national) stages. The Terafinal is for those who came first in their sections at the Gigafinal and and the three challenger sections are for those who finished second or third in their Gigafinal sections. There are no allowance for age at the Terafinal and the games have a much longer time allowance so it is particularly daunting for the younger players. It is also uses
The Organisers were delighted to see a turnout of 90 players for the final round of the Essex Grand Prix held in Saffron Walden on 26 June 2016. Many local players were trying to boost their Grand Prix standings and we also had some strong entrants from outside the County. All of the sections were very competitive and it was good to see several newcomers from Chigwell School in the under 14 Minor Section.
1st on tie break Arnav Srivastava (Cambridge) 5/6
=2nd Nina Pert (Billericay) and Harry Zheng (Boreham) 5/6
The Essex Individual Rapidplay was held on Saturday, 9 July 2016 at Longmeads Community Centre, Writtle CM1 3LY.
Although it was an 'Essex Closed' event it only attracted 38 players with the number being boosted by several Essex juniors.
Elliot Cocks retained the title of Essex Junior Rapidplay Champion scoring 2.5/6 in the Open Section; Leonardo Stefanoni was 2nd and Findlay Lister 3rd in the Intermediate (U125) and Christopher Willoughby and Urbi Modhura were among those sharing 2nd place in the Minor (U90)
The 1st Brentwood School Under 12 Open Chess tournament was held on Sunday, 22 May and attracted 78 players. 22 were school pupils playing for the title of School Champion and the remainder were talented young players from the wider Essex area and beyond.
The Saffron Walden Junior Chess Tournament will be held on 26 June 2016 at the RA Butler School and entry forms are now available via this website - please click on the red "view tournaments" button to download the entry form. There are the usual four sections for under 9, 11 and 18s (minor and open).
All junior players are welcome to enter and this is the last event for Essex players to gain Junior Grand Prix points for 2015/16. Please enter early to avoid disappointment.